Stay off the Ice!

By KBJR News 1

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Stay off the Ice!

March 3, 2014 Updated Mar 3, 2014 at 12:58 PM CDT

Duluth, MN and Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) -- The Coast Guard is warning residents of ice-breaking activities starting Tuesday in the Duluth/Superior port.

The Coast Guard says in order to prepare for the 2014 shipping season, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Alder, a 225-foot seagoing buoy tender homeported in Duluth, will commence ice-breaking operations in Duluth Harbor and out into Lake Superior.

The Alder crew plans to break ice at areas often used for recreational activities; the Superior Front Channel, the Superior/Duluth Harbor basins and entry channels, East Gate and the area adjacent to Minnesota Point in Lake Superior.

These ice-breaking efforts will become more common as requests from the shipping industry begin. The Coast Guard says they will be breaking ice in and around the Twin Ports, as well as the waters of Silver Bay, Taconite Harbor and Two Harbors in Minnesota.

They also instruct all ice anglers to remove their ice shacks and equipment from these areas. Snowmobile/vehicle operators and all others should avoid shipping channels, plan their activities carefully and use caution near the ice.

For more information, contact Coast Guard Sault Vessel Traffic Service by emailing SOOTFC@uscg.mi or calling 906-635-3232.

Ramona Marozas